Eloping is a fantastic option for any couple looking to cut back on the guest list, save some money, and keep the wedding experience focused on the most important thing – the couple getting married! If you plan on eloping, I highly encourage you to consider making the moment memorable by marrying the love of your life in one of Ohio’s spectacular State Parks. I’ve compiled a list of some of the best in the state that are perfect for an intimate Ohio elopement.
Nelson-Kennedy Ledges State Park is a gorgeous, easily accessible park that offers some of the most scenic elopement spots in Ohio. If you’re looking for forested fairy tale vibes, this is the spot for you! With moss-covered ledges, unique caves, and multiple waterfalls, it’s a picturesque yet relatively small – park that will make your elopement feel like an adventure. You can exchange your vows underneath, next to, or overlooking Cascade Falls, between moss- covered rocky ledges stretching up high overhead. Additionally, you can even stand around and within exposed tree roots for an extra-earthy feel.
Headlands Beach State Park is home to the Headlands Dunes State Nature Preserve and over 35 acres of sandy beaches. You and your partner can stand on a stretch of flat beach, with the blue water of Lake Eerie glowing in the distance, promising to spend forever at one another’s sides. It’s a lovely beach for a sunset ceremony, bathed in the warm glow of the sun and the water sparkling in the light. Remember, it’s a public beach, so other people may be around during popular sunset hours. If lighthouses are your thing, there are also several that you can incorporate into your elopement setting, a steadfast beacon representing your love story.
Hocking Hills State Park has over 25 miles of hiking trails and some spectacular waterfalls, making it a beautiful place for an Ohio elopement. It’s beautiful any time of year, but particularly beautiful in spring. The waterfalls are rushing and in the fall, the changing leaves are magnificent shades of red, orange, and gold.
Say “I do” at Ash Cave, whose rim resembles a horseshoe and spans 700 feet with a runoff waterfall and a valley floor of wildflowers. Rock House is a cool tunnel-like corridor of rocks situated in the middle of a cliff, with gothic-arched windows and sandstone columns. Moreover, these and several other spots are perfect for an unforgettable elopement.
Mohican State Park has thousands of acres of wooded land and offers beautiful views of the surrounding forests and the Mohican State Scenic River. Clear Fork Gorge has 8 acres of white pine-hemlock forests, perfect for an ethereal fantasy aesthetic. Lyon’s Falls, consisting of Big Lyons Falls and Little Lyons Falls, offers beautiful views of natural waterfalls. Furthermore, in autumn, the woods practically glow with fall colors, and spring and summer offer budding and lush greenery in these majestic woods.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park offers couples several incredible and scenic sites perfect for a stunning elopement. Say “I do” at Brandywine Falls, a rushing, 60’ waterfall with a boardwalk leading to an accessible viewing area (and a lower deck about 80 steps beyond!) The Everett Road Bridge is a beautiful, rustic-covered bridge with a lovely backdrop for exchanging vows.
There’s also the Virginia Kendall Ledges, massive stone walls made of sandstone. They give the illusion of a deep green canyon and offer some of the most incredible views in the entire park. Cuyahoga Valley National Park is a sensational spot for an elopement. Moreover, there are plenty of special sites to choose to marry the love of your life.
In conclusion, there are a few things to keep in mind if considering a State Park elopement. Remember that these are all public places. Hence, an early weekday wedding will help ensure you have a more secluded and intimate experience. Also, remember that some of these spots may require permits to elope. While they’re mostly not expensive, you definitely don’t want to be caught without one! I hope you’ll consider a beautiful Ohio elopement in one of these spectacular locations or anywhere that speaks to your love story. If you’re looking to do a micro wedding, check out this Mohican State Park Wedding.
Once you have your elopement spot, it’s time to start thinking about your wedding pictures. If you’ve been looking for a photographer who will provide timeless, romantic pictures for your wedding day, then I’d love to connect! I’m a luxury photographer who loves providing Ohio couples with pictures. So they can remember every moment of their perfect day. Contact me to find out more!
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Here you will find past weddings/sessions at cool locations, helpful hints and some sweet imagery to help inspire your future photo needs. Have a question? Shoot me a message and I'll be happy to help however I can.